Senator Scott Bundgaard Charged With Reckless Assault for Freeway Scuffle With Ex-Gal Pal

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Senator Scott Bundgaard shortly after going a few rounds with his former flame, Aubry Ballard.
State Senator -- and former Senate majority leader -- Scott Bundgaard has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors for his February freeway scuffle with his ex-gal-pal "Iron" Aubry  Ballard.

Bundgaard's been charged with one count each of reckless assault and endangerment for the freeway fracas that resulted in a night in the slammer for Ballard and a shiner for Bundgaard.

Bundgaard was not charged the night of the incident because, according to Phoenix police, he invoked legislative immunity -- a claim he disputes. Ballard, on the other hand, was taken into custody at the scene.

With each side telling a different story, the details of the brouhaha are unclear. Bundgaard claims Ballard attacked him in a jealous rage as the two were driving home from a charity event, during which Bundgaard competed in a dance competition with another woman.

He claims she started punching him and throwing his clothes out the window as the two were driving on State Route 51. When he stopped to retrieve the clothes, he tried to remove Ballard from the car, dragging her along the side of the highway, causing cuts and scrapes to her legs.

Bundgaard also claims Ballard pulled a gun on him, a claim Ballard says -- and most observers believe -- is BS.

The unbelievable yarn about the gun, Senate sources told New Times at the time, was the breaking point for many Senate Republicans, who booted Bundgaard from his leadership position shortly after the incident.

Attempts to reach Bundgaard, and his attorney Mark Goldman, this afternoon were unsuccessful. However, Ballard issued the following statement about the charges against Bundgaard:

The night of February 25 remains painful for me. Not only the assault I suffered at the hands of a man I once loved, but Scott's insistence on blaming others and his failure to take responsibility for his illegal, abusive behavior.

Fortunately, the justice system has decided to hold Scott accountable. I support that decision wholeheartedly.

My thanks go out to the Phoenix Police Department, the city prosecutor's office, and the five independent witnesses who spoke out, corroborating the facts of that night. I look forward to putting this awful incident into the past.

If convicted, Bundgaard faces up to 10 months in jail and $3,250 in fines.
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PhoenixNewMedia
PhoenixNewMedia

Since the case was charged as a domestic violence offense he also faces the permanent loss of his right to own a firearm if he is convicted of the dv charge.

Alialibubu
Alialibubu

Scott Bundgaard could give a crap, because he has Russell Pearce in his corner, Arpaio protecting him against a day in Section 1070 Arpaio 4th Avenue Motor Vehicle Jail.  Scott is like Brock who should face aggravated child endangerment charges in lieu of his daughter's behavior in his own home.  With 9.3 Team GOP by design "unemployment" and anyone brown skin, with brown eyes without that Presidential Obama Long Form Birth Certificate at risk of detainment, arrest and then forced to ATTEST unto John Kavanaugh.  They could care less, they got what they wanted $150,000,000 Million Arpaio/Hendershot bucks, SB1070 and a CCA Human economic opportunity Section 1070 Hotel, Motel, Two for One Immigrant Holiday INN.  15,000 Thousand unemployed Americans with their Long Form Birth Certificates just got the Scott to Brock No Unemployment for you letter!  Oh yea and Brock's child molesting daughter is now roaming the mean halls of the County Board of Supervisors. 

Rick the Prick
Rick the Prick

geez, first of all, he's a pussy. Mommy and daddy had to pick his sorry ass up. 2nd, he beat up a girl. 3rd, heshould resign his position. hes over 40 yrs old and still lives with his parents. What a fag.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

He fits the mold of the Arizona Republican: (1) Take no responsibility for your actions, (2) Regardless of the facts as presented you can eventually lie your way out of it if you just keep making up new stories, (3) The whole world is lying about it, (4) The ONLY law we have to obey is the one we make up as things go on.

No, he didn't ask for immunity. The cops just lied about it. No, he didn't push, pull, tug, slap, or hit the lady. She and the cops and the witnesses all lied about it. No, he didn't call his family to come and take him home. Wups, he hasn't lied about that one yet. But he will, if he feels it might cause a problem for himself, that he hasn't already caused.

helentroy4
helentroy4

Isn't this the escape clause that got Brewer out of being charged with a DUI?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

This, and the ineptness of the DPS officers who investigated the crash she caused, yes...

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

He should face what any other male would in Maricopa County. 

Coz
Coz

Won't happen, he's a politician and politicians in Arizona don't have to obey the laws as history has shown us.

Andrew Zahn
Andrew Zahn

YEEEEHAWW! Its the wild, wild West and I belong to the Arizona government, so I can do whatever the fuck I want. I say its time to go beat down some women and challenge them to a duel with a Colt revolver, the official state gun of course. DRAW, BITCH!

Roro
Roro

Let's see, charged with misdemeanors and the possibility of 12 mos in tent city and a fine in the area of $3425. If it were anyone else, it would probably be domestic violence since they were in a "relationship." I wouldn't be at all surprised if he got a teensy-weensy slap on the wrist followed by a full pardon from the governor.

Coz
Coz

Lets see if anything becomes of it. We all know how the justice system in Arizona protects it's corrupt politicians.

Hock
Hock

He lost his man-card for several reasons.  One, touching a woman in that way...even if she was the aggressor.  Two, having your parents pick you up.  And three...lying a blaming the woman you had a relationship with.   Not a man.  FAIL.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Hock,

You have made a fundamental point here.  Such a bully to beat up a woman, then calling parents to come get him.  Ironic.  Relationship with a girl, then throw her under the bus with false stories to get himself out of trouble.  He is a total pussy.

Blah
Blah

Good job Phx Prosecutors! Fuck this guy, and his immunity. What a bunch of bullshit. There's never a reason to lay your hands on a woman. Enjoy your time in tent city- doucher!

teknik1200
teknik1200

I've been wondering if we were going to see this soon.  It looks like we have.  Good thing there are witnesses, and witnesses tend to come forward when they see a woman being beat down.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Russell Pearce will have to get Jan to call a special session so he can pass legislation that will retroactively let Scott (the victim here) off the hook.

Adrian Cruz
Adrian Cruz

Maybe Russ can make it retroactive back to 1980 when he "on multiple occasions hit and choked" his wife LuAnne (according to her sworn affidavit, at least). 

Jason
Jason

Finally!! I thought for sure this asshole was going to get away scot-free.

I wonder if his ex-girlfriend is going to sue his ass? I heard she's put Michael Manning on retainer.

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